Logic Simulation - 2020.2 English

Versal ACAP Design Guide (UG1273)

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Logic simulation tests a hardware design targeting the PL fabric and is the traditional FPGA simulation flow. The scope of this simulation is scalable, ranging from individual hardware blocks to the complete hardware platform. The simulated models are generally RTL, making the abstraction cycle-accurate. Simulation speed is proportional to the size of the test design, and larger designs take comparatively longer to simulate. To improve simulation performance, you can replace some Versal ACAP IP blocks with SystemC transaction-level models, which simulate faster but are no longer cycle-accurate. The purpose of this simulation is to verify and debug detailed hardware functionality before implementing the design on the device.

Logic simulation is available through the Vivado Design Suite. For more information, see the Vivado Design Suite User Guide: Logic Simulation (UG900).

Note: Logic simulation is possible in both the traditional design flow and the platform-based design flow.